The Air Force released the Artificial Intelligence Strategy Sept. 12, highlighting the importance of artificial intelligence capabilities to 21st century missions.
The strategy provides definition, context and purpose for artificial intelligence in the Air Force, and is the service’s annex to the Department of Defense Artificial Intelligence Strategy.
“The Air Force is charged to provide the nation with Air and Space Superiority, Global Strike, Rapid Global Mobility, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Command Control,” said Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan and Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein in the dual-signed annex. “Al is a capability that will underpin our ability to compete, deter and win across all five of these diverse missions. It is crucial to fielding tomorrow’s Air Force faster and smarter, executing multi-domain operations in the high-end fight, confronting threats below the level of open conflict and partnering with our allies around the globe.”
The strategy serves as the framework for aligning Air Force efforts with the National Defense Strategy and the Department of Defense Artificial Intelligence Strategy as executed by the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center. It details the fundamental principles, enabling functions and objectives necessary to effectively manage, maneuver and lead in the digital age.
“In this return to great power competition, the United States Air Force will harness and wield the most representative forms of AI across all mission-sets, to better enable outcomes with greater speed and accuracy, while optimizing the abilities of each and every Airman,” wrote Secretary Donovan and General Goldfein. “We do this to best protect and defend our nation and its vital interests, while always remaining accountable to the American public.”